What if somebody was able to withstand God’s power? What if everybody was able to withstand God’s power? Like Paul, I ask the question, “Who can separate us from the love (and power) of Christ? The answer; only ourselves. All the things that Paul goes on to list that cannot overcome His love are external things, but it is the internal things that get us. These are our responsibility. These are our undoing.
Feel the anger and indignation in Jesus’ voice, when the child’s father says – “if You can do anything.” The issue is this – who is the one determining and releasing the power of God? The man thought, and most of us think today, that his son was not delivered because Jesus was not ‘able,’ or it just was not God’s will. Jesus, on the other hand, immediately, and with force, turned it around and made it very clear to all that the ability resides within the one ‘who believes.’ It is unbelief that hinders the work of God, not God’s lack of ability or motive.
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered (marveled) at their unbelief. And He was going around the villages teaching. Mark 6:4-6
It was not the will of God that determined the release of His power. It does not say that He ‘would’ do no miracles, but rather that Jesus ‘could’ do no miracles. The people themselves were responsible for the amount of power that went through Him on their behalf. Their unbelief withstood God’s power. This is staggering! Unbelief is like a force field around us that shields us from God’s blessing. Doubt acts like kryptonite to God’s power.
And Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23
The only ‘if’ in the statement above is whether you have faith or not. No other variable is mentioned. The extent of things possible to this belief is ‘all things,’ nothing less. To whom is this possible? To anyone who believes, nothing is impossible for them. On the other hand, to anyone who does not believe, nothing is possible for them.